Summer is all about fresh fruit - our produce box recently included a ton of peaches and blueberries and so it seemed like a good time to create a dessert. I grew up on my mother's fruit crisps, and really wanted to make some, but I didn't wish to include a lot of extra sugar or use wheat flour.
I planned to make it entirely grain free but I found I couldn't bring myself to not include a bit of rolled oats, for nostalgia's sake - it is perfectly fine to leave them out. They're there for texture - a chewy oatmeal cookie feel that brings back all sorts of comfort food memories for me.
I sliced the peaches, after washing them, without trying to peel them, and this worked out just fine! I'm all about not creating extra work for myself when it doesn't matter.
The resulting crisp let both the blueberry and peach flavors shine, and as you can see, the blueberries gave the peaches a rosy color. Since nuts and almond flour make up the majority of the topping, there is even a nice protein serving hiding in this dessert.
1 tsp coconut oil, to grease pie plate
1 pint of blueberries
2-3 cups sliced peaches (about 8 small peaches)
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
Wash fruit. Slice peaches into 1/8s. Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a glass pie plate or square glass casserole with 1 tsp. coconut oil. Combine fruit in pie plate, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, chopped nuts, oats and salt. Add coconut oil and maple syrup.
Mix with a fork to blend - don't over work it, just make sure almond flour is moistened.
|Ready for the oven.|
Bake for 45 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly and topping is browned. I suggest checking it at about 30 minutes - if it is browning too quickly, you may want to cover it lightly with foil to finish baking.
Let cool until warm and serve as desired, or chill and serve cold.
I was really pleased with the way this topping turned out, and I'll be trying this again with later seasonal fruits (apples, etc) and also may try a winter version in a few months with a selection of dried fruits.
We enjoyed ours with fresh whipped cream, and it would be delicious served still warm with ice cream. Or whipped coconut milk if you're not doing dairy. For that matter, it was quite delicious for breakfast the next morning with a dollop of thickened yogurt.
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